CHICAGO — Luis Robert singled off Aroldis Chapman to drive in the winning run in the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Yankees 3-2 on Saturday, snapping New York’s five-game winning streak.
The Yankees, with the best record in the majors, had managed a total of 25 runs in the first two games of the series. They rallied for the tying run in the ninth inning, but a baserunning error cost them a chance to score more.
“The first two games, they were just better than us,” Robert said through an interpreter. “But today we came prepared and we were able to execute and then we came out on top.”
With one out in the Chicago ninth, Tim Anderson singled and Yoán Moncada walked off Chapman (0-1). Robert followed up with his big forehand shot, sparking a lively celebration on the pitch.
“Losing Moncada, that’s the one he didn’t want to do, but he was aggressive with his stuff,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Chapman.
Moncada homered and Dallas Keuchel pitched five shutout innings for the White Sox, who have won eight of 11.
New York had won 19 of 22.
Anderson finished with three hits and Moncada and Robert each added two for the White Sox, who improved to just 2-9 against the Yankees since June 15, 2019.
“We still have a long season,” Anderson said. “Everybody keep working and keep trying to be healthy, and hopefully we’ll get to where we’re trying to get.”
The Yankees scored a run in each of the last two innings.
New York finished the shutout with three straight singles off Joe Kelly in the eighth. Giancarlo Stanton’s one-out single cut the lead to 2-1 to chase down Kelly. Liam Hendriks (1-2) struck out Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres to close out the inning.
The Yankees put runners on second and third with no outs in the ninth. Kyle Higashioka lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 2-2, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa was picked out on the play as he tried to advance to third.
“I will learn from it and it won’t happen again,” Kiner-Falefa said.
Keuchel allowed four hits, struck out three and walked three. The Yankees loaded the bases with a single and two walks off the lefty in the fifth before Anthony Rizzo grounded out to end the inning.
“We made a fair amount of mistakes in the first few nights and they took great advantage of them,” Keuchel said. “I felt like if I could make some pitches and run early, I had a good shot.”
Stanton had three hits for the Yankees. He had homered in each of his previous three games.
Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 after hitting a home run in the last two games for the Yankees.
Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery allowed two runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out four and giving up three walks on the season. The lefty hadn’t allowed more than two runs and no walks in each of his previous three starts.
“On a night that wasn’t perfect for him, he gave us a chance,” Boone said.
Moncada homered on the first pitch in the third inning for his second series in three games. He was activated from the disabled list on Monday.
The White Sox took the lead in the first inning when Anderson singled, advanced on a groundout and scored on Robert’s single.
White sock: OF Eloy Jimenez (torn hamstring) continues to do well, manager Tony La Russa said, but he didn’t have a timeline for Jimenez to start a minor league rehab assignment. “Everyone thinks his progress is really impressive,” La Russa said. “But there’s a certain buildup in the muscle that has to happen, and you just can’t speed that up.” … RHP Lance Lynn (right knee surgery) could start facing hitters after throwing at least one more bullpen, La Russa said. Lynn is expected to pitch in a game in early June.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
LHP Nestor Cortes (1-1, 1.41 ERA) will start for the Yankees on Sunday. He kept the Rangers hitless for seven innings Monday, striking out 11. RHP Michael Kopech (0-0, 0.93) will take the mound for Chicago in the series finale.